Mobile phones are indispensable. Ask anyone to go on a digital fast, and I guarantee you’ll get the stink eye.
Sometimes our cell phone use can get out of hand. When the battery can’t keep up with our demands, everything tends to spiral out of control. This is where charging stations come in. Whether you’re a workaholic or on the forgetful side, these charging points are a convenient way to load up your phone’s battery on the go.
But where do you go to find these charging valets? Do a Google search? Depend on word of mouth? No way — you rely on an app, of course. Called liGo, it’s a web-based app that’s specifically designed to guide users to nearest charging points in a fuss-free way.
The coolest part of liGo is that users have the option of viewing charging points based on category. At the bottom section of the app, there is a list of different coffee shops, restaurants and charging stations.
So for instance, if you’re heading to Starbucks to grab a cuppa, you can just click on ‘Coffee Shops’ and liGo will churn out the locations of nearby Starbucks’ that are equipped with wireless charging stations.
The ‘Restaurants’ category, on the other hand, looks pretty bleak. This wasn’t surprising: to be perfectly honest, if you’d asked me to name 5 restaurants with free charging stations, I wouldn’t be able to do it even if my life depended on it. Would you?
Another brownie point-worthy factor is its ‘Add Location’ component. The internet is full of trolls and liGo is certainly not going to allow it to jeopardise its function. Any location submitted to the app will be added on approval by them. How’s that for efficiency?
Based in the UK, liGo is an established retailer for its headsets, telephones and other electronic goods. It was launched in 2003, and won the Glasgow Business Award in 2013. This app is the company’s latest venture.
liGo is new in Asia, though it has garnered quite a bit of attention in Europe, Australia and America. With that point in mind, it’s anybody’s guess why it hasn’t gotten much attention in Asia yet. Also, given that Singaporeans have been named as the top country in the world for smartphone adoption, it’s somewhat of a mystery why more people haven’t found the need for an app like this.
It would be interesting to see the web-based app take the world by storm. Imagine being able to travel anywhere in the world, without ever having to worry about running out of juice on your phone. We probably won’t even have to pack chargers along anymore.
If you recall, 4 of our very own MRT stations are decked out with charging stations that allow commuters to charge their mobile devices for free. It goes without saying that charging points are extremely vital in the 21st century.
Imagine how amazing it would be to have this tool when your battery is running low. You can find out more about liGo here.